This program seeks to involve any eligible undergraduate in the “graduate student” experience and introduce them to the academic publication process and scholarly community. Submissions from teams writing a joint thesis (max of 5 students) are also welcome. This program also ensures the unified format of undergraduate theses published at Texas A&M University. Undergraduate Research Scholars engage in a two-semester (fall/spring) research project conducted under the supervision of a Texas A&M University faculty mentor that culminates in a public presentation and written thesis. Throughout the academic year, students write theses in progression and must meet intermediate submission deadlines. These deadlines are specified in our program timeline and are meant to ensure that theses follow the formatting outlined in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis Manual. Please take into consideration our final thesis deadline when planning your projects. All projects and theses must be completed within our program dates. Upon completion, theses are deposited into the Undergraduate Research Scholars collection in the Texas A&M University Libraries Digital Repository at oaktrust.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/3367.
Undergraduates who participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program will ultimately:
|Katerine Adams MARB '18||Michael Lawson MARB '17|
|Jaime Albach MARB '17||Laura Leonard MARB '17|
|Jesus Duran Ramirez MARB '17||Amelia McAmis MARB '17|
|Lucas Friedberg MARB '17||Shelli McGowan MARB '17|
|Abigail Grant MARB '17||Monika McGuinness MARB '17|
|Rachel Hamrock MARB/MARF '18||Benjamin Miner MARR '17|
|Tess Heywood MARB '17||Catherine Risley MARB '17|
|Aubree Jones MARB '17||Randall Teague MARB/OCRE '18|
|Kevin Kelley MARS '17||Katie Westmoreland MARB '17|
|Kathryn Kunz MARB/MARF '17|
To qualify for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, students must:
*A suitable undergraduate project is one that is conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor at Texas A&M University and is in compliance with the Division of Research, through Research Compliance and Biosafety.
**Students must be in full participation throughout both fall and spring semesters of the program.
Note: It is recommended (not required) that students participating in this program enroll for 3 credit hours of research during each semester of the program. Read more about earning course credit for research.
The application for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program is a multi-step process. Full instructions will be available at a later date at ugr.tamu.edu/UGR/UGRS/Apply.
Step 1: Tell us about yourself and your project through our online form, and agree to our specific program timeline.
Step 2: Submit your project proposal (1000 word narrative) for review and research advisor approval. More information about the proposal can be found at ugr.tamu.edu/UGR/UGRS/Apply/Proposal.
Step 3: Proposals must receive approval from research advisors. LAUNCH staff review proposals.
Step 4: Corrections to proposals may be requested by LAUNCH to complete applications. Submit corrections if applicable.
Step 5: Additional program information will be communicated to you upon acceptance.
Workshops: Thesis Formatting (mandatory), Writing Productivity, RefWorks/EndNote, Writing Abstracts, Giving Effective Presentations, and more!
Thesis Writing (UGST 405-W): LAUNCH offers an optional 1 credit hour Thesis Writing course (UGST 405) in the spring semester. Thesis Writing is taught by the Associate Director for Undergraduate Research at LAUNCH.
Financial Support: LAUNCH is able to provide students up to $300 for certain research-related expenses. This support comes in the form of a reimbursement that is deposited to the student’s financial aid account.
Honors Capstone Experience: For students in the University Honors program, participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program qualifies as an Honors Capstone experience. Please speak with an Honors advisor directly for additional registration requirements. Note: You do NOT have to be an honors student to participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program.
Recognition: Undergraduate Research Scholars are recognized on their final transcript and at graduation with the Undergraduate Research Scholars official graduation regalia medallion.
Registration: Students will receive priority registration for the spring semester.